To find our existing preserves and natural areas, explore the map and list below. PLEASE NOTE: To learn about properties that we are currently working to protect – but are not yet complete and therefore not on the map below – please visit page our Active Projects page. Also, please know not all properties are easily accessed during the winter months. For winter access please see the Winter Access/Plowed Properties list.

GTRLC PROTECTED LAND TYPES

Below are the property types that are open to the public.

Nature Preserves

Nature Preserves

Parks & Natural Areas

Parks & Natural Areas

Sanctuaries

Sanctuaries

Ecologically Managed Forest

Ecologically Managed Forests

Acme Shoreline (UA)

Grand Traverse County / 4 Acres

  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Swimming
  • Universal Access
Park or Natural Area

Antrim Creek Natural Area

Antrim County / 156 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Kayaking / Canoeing
  • Parking
  • Skiing
  • Swimming
  • Trail Running
Park or Natural Area

Arcadia Dunes: The C.S. Mott Nature Preserve (UA)

Benzie County, Manistee County / 3800 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Mountain Biking
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
  • Skiing
  • Trail Running
  • Universal Access
Nature Preserve

Arcadia Marsh Nature Preserve (UA)

Manistee County / 313 Acres

  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Universal Access
Nature Preserve

Arcadia Sunset Beach

Manistee County / 10 Acres

  • Birding
  • Parking
  • Swimming
Park or Natural Area

Battle Creek Natural Area

Grand Traverse County / 253 Acres

  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
Park or Natural Area

Bauer Nature Preserve

Antrim County / 362 Acres

  • Birding
  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
  • Hunting
  • Parking
  • Scenic Vistas
Nature Preserve

Betsie Dunes Nature Sanctuary

Benzie County / 88.56 Acres

    Sanctuary

    Brinkman Bog Nature Sanctuary

    Grand Traverse County / 51 Acres

    • Hunting
    Sanctuary

    Bullhead Lake Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 28 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    Park or Natural Area

    Carter Strong Nature Sanctuary

    Grand Traverse County / 6 Acres

    • Birding
    Sanctuary

    Cedar River Natural Area

    Antrim County / 193 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    Park or Natural Area

    Cedar Run Creek Natural Area

    Grand Traverse County / 318 Acres

    • Birding
    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Kayaking / Canoeing
    • Parking
    • Scenic Vistas
    • Skiing
    Park or Natural Area

    Cosner & Bennett-Barnes Nature Preserve

    Antrim County / 135 Acres

    • Fishing
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Hunting
    • Parking
    • Scenic Vistas
    Nature Preserve

    Coy Mountain

    Antrim County

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Scenic Vistas
    Park or Natural Area

    Deepwater Point

    Grand Traverse County / 17 Acres

    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking
    • Swimming
    Park or Natural Area

    Elberta Dunes South Natural Area

    Benzie County / 58 Acres

    • Birding
    • Hiking / Snowshoeing
    • Parking
    • Scenic Vistas
    Park or Natural Area

    Elisabeth Parr Nature Sanctuary

    Benzie County / 5 Acres

      Sanctuary

      Embayment Lakes Nature Preserve

      Benzie County

      • Birding
      • Hiking / Snowshoeing
      • Scenic Vistas
      Nature Preserve

      Finch Creek Nature Sanctuary

      Antrim County / 56 Acres

      • Hunting
      Sanctuary

      Fruithaven Nature Preserve

      Benzie County / 176 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking / Snowshoeing
      • Hunting
      • Parking
      Nature Preserve

      Glacial Hills Pathway and Natural Area

      Antrim County / 765 Acres

      • Birding
      • Hiking / Snowshoeing
      • Hunting
      • Mountain Biking
      • Parking
      • Scenic Vistas
      • Skiing
      • Trail Running
      Park or Natural Area

      Golden Days Loon Nature Sanctuary

      Antrim County / 18 Acres

        Sanctuary

        Green Point Dunes Nature Preserve

        Benzie County / 242 Acres

        • Birding
        • Hiking / Snowshoeing
        • Hunting
        • Parking
        • Scenic Vistas
        • Swimming
        • Trail Running
        Nature Preserve

        Halladay-Blackhurst-Chowning Nature Preserve

        Grand Traverse County / 40 Acres

        • Hiking / Snowshoeing
        • Hunting
        • Parking
        • Trail Running
        Nature Preserve

        Hickory Meadows

        Grand Traverse County / 116 Acres

        • Hiking / Snowshoeing
        • Parking
        • Skiing
        • Trail Running
        Park or Natural Area

        Howard and Mary Dunn Edwards Nature Sanctuary

        Grand Traverse County / 77 Acres

        • Hunting
        • Parking
        Sanctuary

        John J. Helstrom Quiet Area

        Benzie County / 40 Acres

          Sanctuary

          Kewadin Wetlands Nature Sanctuary

          Antrim County / 40 Acres

          • Hunting
          Sanctuary

          Lake Ann Beach (Almira Township Lakefront Park)

          Benzie County / 2 Acres

            Park or Natural Area

            Loon Nursery Natural Area

            Antrim County / 32 Acres

            • Birding
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Parking
            Park or Natural Area

            Lower Woodcock Lake Nature Preserve

            Benzie County / 230 Acres

            • Birding
            • Fishing
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Hunting
            • Kayaking / Canoeing
            • Scenic Vistas
            Nature Preserve

            Man Made Lake

            Manistee County / 14 Acres

            • Fishing
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Parking
            • Swimming
            Park or Natural Area

            Maple Bay Farm

            Grand Traverse County / 11 Acres

            • Birding
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Parking
            • Skiing
            • Swimming
            Nature Preserve

            Maple Bay Natural Area

            Grand Traverse County / 452 Acres

            • Birding
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Hunting
            • Parking
            • Skiing
            • Swimming
            Park or Natural Area

            Maplehurst Natural Area

            Antrim County / 389 Acres

            • Birding
            • Fishing
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Kayaking / Canoeing
            • Mountain Biking
            • Scenic Vistas
            • Skiing
            • Trail Running
            Park or Natural Area

            Medenbrook Nature Sanctuary

            Benzie County / 37 Acres

            • Hunting
            Sanctuary

            Misty Acres: The Borwell Preserve

            Benzie County, Manistee County / 627 Acres

            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Hunting
            • Parking
            • Skiing
            Nature Preserve

            Mitchell Creek Nature Sanctuary

            Grand Traverse County / 128 Acres

            • Hunting
            Sanctuary

            Mt. Minnie Nature Preserve

            Benzie County

            • Birding
            • Hiking / Snowshoeing
            • Scenic Vistas
            Nature Preserve

            Nana's Woods Nature Sanctuary

            Benzie County

              Sanctuary

              North Skegemog Nature Sanctuary

              Antrim County / 37 Acres

                Sanctuary

                Papoose Lake Nature Sanctuary

                Kalkaska County / 46 Acres

                • Hunting
                Sanctuary

                Pearl Lake

                Benzie County / 249 Acres

                • Birding
                • Fishing
                • Hunting
                • Kayaking / Canoeing
                Park or Natural Area

                Pelizzari Natural Area

                Grand Traverse County / 62 Acres

                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Parking
                • Skiing
                • Trail Running
                Park or Natural Area

                Petobego Creek Natural Area

                Grand Traverse County / 240 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                Park or Natural Area

                Pyatt Lake: The Bill Carls Nature Preserve

                Grand Traverse County / 159 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Universal Access
                Nature Preserve

                Railroad Point Natural Area

                Benzie County / 207 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Swimming
                Park or Natural Area

                Ransom Lake Natural Area

                Benzie County / 220 Acres

                • Birding
                • Fishing
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Skiing
                • Trail Running
                • Universal Access
                Park or Natural Area

                Reffitt Nature Preserve (George & Ada Reffitt Nature Preserve)

                Grand Traverse County / 106 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Parking
                Nature Preserve

                Sagaser Nature Sanctuary

                Benzie County / 20 Acres

                • Hunting
                Sanctuary

                Seven Bridges

                Kalkaska County / 314 Acres

                • Birding
                • Fishing
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                Park or Natural Area

                Skegemog Lake Wildlife Area

                Antrim County, Kalkaska County / 3300 Acres

                • Fishing
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Skiing
                Park or Natural Area

                South & Fox Island Nature Preserves

                Grand Traverse County / 24 Acres

                • Fishing
                • Kayaking / Canoeing
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Swimming
                Nature Preserve

                South Boardman Preserve

                Kalkaska County / 111 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                Park or Natural Area

                South Branch Nature Preserve

                Grand Traverse County / 47 Acres

                • Fishing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                Nature Preserve

                South Long Lake Forest

                Grand Traverse County / 228 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Skiing
                • Trail Running
                Park or Natural Area

                St. Clair Lake-Six Mile Lake Nature Preserve (UA)

                Antrim County / 255 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Kayaking / Canoeing
                • Parking
                • Universal Access
                Nature Preserve

                The Gorge Nature Sanctuary

                Grand Traverse County / 18 Acres

                • Hunting
                Sanctuary

                Timbers Recreation Area

                Grand Traverse County / 250 Acres

                • Fishing
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Skiing
                • Swimming
                • Trail Running
                • Universal Access
                Park or Natural Area

                Torch Bay Nature Preserve

                Antrim County / 38 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Kayaking / Canoeing
                • Parking
                • Swimming
                Park or Natural Area

                Torch Lake Nature Preserve

                Antrim County / 95 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Trail Running
                Nature Preserve

                Torch River Ridge: A Cotanche Family Legacy

                Antrim County / 290 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Parking
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Trail Running
                Nature Preserve

                Trapp Farm Nature Preserve

                Benzie County / 140 Acres

                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                Nature Preserve

                Upper Herring Lake Nature Preserve

                Benzie County / 180 Acres

                • Birding
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Kayaking / Canoeing
                • Parking
                Nature Preserve

                Upper Manistee Headwaters: The Milock Family Preserve

                Kalkaska County / 1288 Acres

                • Birding
                • Fishing
                • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                • Hunting
                • Mountain Biking
                • Parking
                • Scenic Vistas
                • Skiing
                • Universal Access
                Nature Preserve

                W.L. Criger Wetland Nature Sanctuary

                Antrim County / 5 Acres

                  Sanctuary

                  Wilcox-Palmer-Shah Nature Preserve

                  Antrim County / 57.64 Acres

                  • Birding
                  • Parking
                  • Swimming
                  Nature Preserve

                  Wintergreen Woods Nature Preserve

                  Grand Traverse County

                  • Birding
                  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                  Nature Preserve

                  Yuba Creek Natural Area

                  Grand Traverse County / 413 Acres

                  • Birding
                  • Hiking / Snowshoeing
                  • Hunting
                  • Parking
                  • Scenic Vistas
                  • Skiing
                  • Trail Running
                  Park or Natural Area